Make a Will Month raises £10k for hospice

Barnsley Hospice has raised almost £10,000 from its annual Make a Will Month.

The initiative is now in its seventh year and sees four local law firms waive their fees during February in exchange for a donation to the charity.

The Barnsley solicitors who generously gave their time for free to the hospice this year are Peace Legal Limited, based on Barnsley Road in Wombwell, and Bury & Walkers LLP, Elmhirst Parker LLP and Wosskow Brown LLP, all based on Regent Street.

Julie Watts, 55, who lives in Penistone, is a healthcare assistant at Barnsley Hospice and took part in this year’s Make a Will Month. She said: “I’d realised that making my Will was something I had to do before it was too late and the hospice’s Make a Will Month fundraiser was the ideal opportunity to do that.

“Through working at the hospice, I’m aware that the care our patients receive comes at quite a high cost and without people’s donations and generosity we can’t provide that care, so this is my own small contribution towards it.”

Donations from Make a Will Month go directly to supporting patients and their families and were taken at the time of making a Will.

Janet O’Hara, grants, trusts and legacies fundraiser at Barnsley Hospice, said: “I am delighted with the support we have had from people in Barnsley and the local solicitors, who kindly provided their time completely free of charge.

“Make a Will Month has proved popular because it provides a great opportunity to let your family and friends know your wishes whilst helping the hospice at the same time. The average cost of making a Will is also significantly more than the minimum donations we suggested, meaning you could actually save money whilst supporting the hospice.”

The funds generated from Make a Will Month will go towards the £2.2m the hospice must raise each year, in addition to a £1.6m grant from the NHS.

Barnsley Hospice provides specialist care for anyone in the borough with a life-limiting illness, including cancer, motor neurone disease and heart disease. As well as ten beds for inpatient care it also provides support through its day therapy unit and offers counselling and complementary therapies to many of its patients and carers.